Elementary STEM Education
Please note: The Elementary STEM M.A.T. program is not accepting applications for the
2019-2020 academic year. We plan to accept applications in January 2020 for
Summer 2020 enrollment. Please contact the director with any questions you may have.
Tuition & Application
Application Fast Facts:
Application Deadline: January 2
Program Duration: 12 Months
Tuition: $44,904 (2018-2019)
GRE Requirement: Yes
Interview Required: Yes
Prerequisites: B.A. degree or the equivalent
Degree Type: Master of Arts (MAT) - Elementary
Notification and Decisions: March 30
Application Checklist >
Applicants to this program must have strength in science,
mathematics, or engineering, demonstrated through course work,
projects, research activities, and/or willingness and interest. A
baccalaureate in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering is not
required for admission. However, the candidate must demonstrate
strengths in the STEM disciplines, and this can be done through
transcripts, résumés, and the personal statement submitted with the
application. Letters of recommendation are another way of making the
case for strength in these areas.
Program Tuition and Fees
Tuition of $44,904 (2018-2019) for the 12-month MAT degree is inclusive of courses taken during the summer terms prior to
the academic year, and the summer following the academic year.
The University also charges the following fees:
- A Graduate Student Activity Fee of $62 is assessed
annually to support the activities of the Graduate Student Council.
- Health Insurance cost ($2,750 for 2018-2019) for
comprehensive medical coverage for students. If desired,
coverage is also available for spouses and children. Students
will be charged this amount unless a
waiver is filed. This cost may be waived if proof of outside
coverage from a U.S. carrier is submitted.
- A Comprehensive Student Health Fee ($842 for
2018-2019) for use of Tufts health and counseling services is mandatory for
students enrolled half-time or more.
Additional costs and program fees:
- Since tuition costs do not include room and board, living expenses are additional. Review the
on-campus housing information.
- Off campus housing information is available through the following resources:
- A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due upon
confirming your offer of admission.
- Books incur a small cost, likely between $100-200 per semester.
A tuition scholarship is an award based upon scholarly ability and
need that may be used exclusively for remission of tuition. Many
students in the program receive some amount of this department-based
aid. Students who receive scholarships are responsible for payment
of fees and tuition charges above those covered by their particular
scholarship. Tuition scholarships are granted upon admission, and
all awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that they
may be revoked or reduced for students making inadequate progress
toward the degree as defined by departmental standards.
To apply for tuition scholarships, complete the Financial Aid
Application section of the
online application. Award
notification is sent to the applicant's mailing address with the acceptance
letter. Award offers are official only when made in writing and signed by the
dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Other Scholarship, Grant, and Financial Aid Opportunities
Many students take advantage of hundreds of external scholarships each
year through their employers, civic organizations, religious
affiliations or other
networks. There are listings of
website resources that can help make your search easier.
External scholarships are a great way to supplement any additional
aid you might receive from Tufts University. Information on other types of financial assistance, including various loan
programs and work-study, are available from
Student Financial Services as well as the programs
Urban Teacher Training Collaborative Scholarships
Since 2004, through this program, we have been able to support
between 7 and 15 Urban Teacher Training Collaborative interns
who serve full year residencies in UTTC partner schools in
Boston, Somerville, Malden and other communities. UTTC interns
may receive stipends of up to $10,000 - $12,000 per year.
Applicants to the UTTC will describe, in their statement of
purpose, what important questions guide their interest in a
career in urban education. Successful candidates will have
earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate academic
major, be accepted to one of the UTTC school sites, and have
demonstrated excellent writing and analytical skills in academic
projects and/or experience in academic research. The UTTC
program is generously supported by both the Tufts University
Provost and the Margolis Family, as outlined below:
Urban Teacher Scholar Program
The Provost's Office generously
supports the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative Program to
provide financial support to highly talented graduate students
who are committed to teaching in urban schools. Tuition
scholarships are sometimes paired with the stipend.
Margolis Urban Teacher Scholar Program
The Margolis Family
generously supports the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative
Program to provide financial support to highly talented graduate
students who are committed to teaching in urban schools. Tuition
scholarships are sometimes paired with the stipend.
Apply for the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative by discussing
in your statement of purpose why you are a good match for this scholarship.
For more information on the program or the application process,
- Students seeking part-time work on campus should
Employment, Dowling Hall.
- Off campus employment opportunities may be available through
- Graduate students in the department are eligible to apply
for positions as Research Assistants and Graduate Assistants.
Each full time faculty member has the option to hire a Graduate
Assistant at the beginning of the academic year. Job
descriptions for both are posted in
Employment Opportunities and students apply according to
personal interest and qualification for the position. GA
positions are for four hours weekly and are paid at an hourly
rate; RA positions vary. Contact
You can find more information about the application process on the
Graduate School Website. Tufts alumni, please read about the
TuftsPlus program, as recent graduates may be eligible for a
streamlined application process. A complete application to the
program includes the following:
- Online Application for Admission
Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
- College Transcripts: One official copy of each of your college transcripts.
- Send GREs: Tufts University GRE code 3901
- Three Letters of Recommendation:
Collectively the letters should address your capacity to accomplish
- Personal statement: Elaborate on your reasons for
wishing to pursue graduate study at Tufts. Your personal
statement should be a maximum of 2,500 words and single-spaced.
Describe experiences, including inspiring individuals or events
that motivated you to take this path.
- Application fee of $85 (non-refundable).
- Financial Aid Applications: If you are applying for
financial assistance and/or a Tufts University
Department-based scholarship, be sure to complete the following
- Complete the Financial Aid Application section of the online application.
- To apply for loans and other financial assistance
that is awarded from outside Tufts University, you will also need to complete a
www.fafsa.ed.gov (The Tufts FAFSA Code is 002219)
- Attend the Interview Day: An annual Interview Day
is held in February (TBA here, on our department's
social media outlets, and by email) and at that time, candidates will have the
opportunity to meet with faculty and students, visit school sites, and
experience a sense of what the Tufts Elementary STEM MAT program entails. For
those who are unable to attend, individual interviews will be scheduled.
If you have further questions, please
contact the Director of the Program: Brian Gravel at